"Green Bamboo, Clear Spirit"
Damyang Bamboo Festival

Category : Travel/Events
Period :   May 02, 2017 ~ May 07, 2017

2017 Damyang Bamboo Festival is held for a week on May 2 to May 7. It is the only bamboo-themed festival which is held annually in Damyang, Jellanam-do, korea. Located within a forest of 2.4 kilometers of bamboo, this festival is full of activities celebrating the beauty and function of the bamboo plant. More active visitors can test their skills during some of the festival’s scheduled river sports, such as ‘Log Rafting’ and ‘Water Bicycling’. After working up an appetite, visitors can please their palate with some of Damyang’s famous cuisines and other world foods featured at the Cultural Experience Center. As this festival’s slogan is ‘Bluish bamboo grove, Fresh mind’, you can enjoy fresh air and nicely presented food. For additional sightseeing opportunities, visit some of the other attractions in the area, such as the Damyang Soswaewon, Damyang Gwanbangjerim, Damyang Jungnogwon, Metasequoia, and more.


Damyang Jungnogwon Bamboo Garden, Around Damyang Gwanbangjerim Forest



Juknokwon in Damyang is a bamboo forest cultivated by the town of Damyang. Seonginsan Mountain behind Damyang Hyanggyo (Confucian school) was transformed into Juknokwon Bamboo Garden featuring a beautiful artificial waterfall, pavilion, walking paths and an eco-exhibition center, a popular destination for visitors. It takes about 1 hour to tour around the entire garden. Crossing Hyanggyo Bridge from Juknokwon, a forest for preventing floods can be seen. Lights are turned on in the evenings in the bamboo forest for a night walk.


Bamboo Fair, Bamboo Musical Instrument Performance Contest, Bamboo-Cutting Sword Championship, Writing & Painting Competition, Making Daetongsul (a bamboo bottled traditional liquor), Riding a Bamboo Raft, Fishing with Bamboo Basket.


-Admission/Participation Fees
Participation fees and site admission fees may be charged.


Jeollanam-do enjoys a good reputation for its cuisine, and Damyang provides a large choice of restaurants. The most popular specialities include Damyang ddeok galbi (tteokgalbi): this tasty and juicy marinated beef and pork mix, usually grilled at the table, is supposed to have originated either in Damyang or in Gwangju. Bamboo foods served at restaurants in Damyang include daetongbap (rice cooked in bamboo), tea places bamboo tea and the salad of raw bamboo with spicy vinegar.


*you can find lodging lists easily at tour.damyang.go.kr and click Tour Guide → lodging
*if you want find more cheap lodging, download app (ex.여기어때 or 야놀자)
*you can also purchase cheap lodging coupon in social commerce site


-Famous site of Damyang

*Metasequoia-lined Road

If you follow National Road No. 15 up from the Bamboo Museum, you’ll come across a beautiful and exotic boulevard that looks like it is came straight out of a fairytale. This unearthly place is the Metasequoia-lined Road. Metasequoia trees were planted along the street in the early 1970s when the Ministry of Internal Affairs officially designated the road as a “boulevard.” At that time, the saplings were only 3 to 4 years old and their branches stretched sparsely out into the sky; now, the trees have grown so high that they seem to block out the sun! Thanks to these stately trees, in 2002 the Korea Forest Service selected the boulevard as one of the most beautiful roads in Korea



*Soswaewon Garden

Soswaewon Garden is a private garden from the Joseon Period where the beauty of traditional Korea is preserved. It was built by Yang San-Bo (1503-1557) after he gave up his success when his mentor Jo Gwang-Jo (1482-1519) was killed during a political strife. Soswaewon Garden presents itself as a clean and transparent garden where the righteous enjoy the life of anbinnakdo (being comfortable amid poverty and taking pleasure in and honest life style) surrounded by a bamboo grove. Including peach trees, various kinds of trees and grass are planted on both sides of the stream while clear water flows down the foot of the garden walls. The log bridge above the valley adds to the charm of the scenery. The harmony between nature and the artificial waterfall is a sight to behold. Soswaewon Garden is 150m away from the main road. Passing through the thick bamboo forest, you will find the small valley and Soswaewon Garden on your left.



Address : 119, Jungnogwon-ro, Damyang-eup, Damyang-gun, Jeollanam-do

Location : Jeollanam-do > Damyang-gun


Transportation ( Seoul to Damyang )


1. Go to Central City Bus Terminal (It takes 4minutes from subway line 9 Express Bus Terminal Station )
2.Find Damyang bus Terminal Station and take an express bus to Bongsan-Damyang (봉산, 담양) route bus.
* Bus schedule: 11:40, 17:40, 20:40
3. Get off at the Juknokwon(죽녹원) bus stop
*It takes about 4h10min from Central city bus Terminal to Juknokwon


From Yongsan Station (Seoul), take a train to Gwangju (광주).
* KTX (Express) train schedule: 06:40-20:30, 1hr 20min-2hr 25min intervals
* Saemaeul train schedule: 09:55-15:55, 1hr 35min-4hr 25min intervals
- From Gwangju Station, take Bus No. 311 to Juknokwon(죽녹원)
*It takes about 4h-5h
From as long ago as the Go-ryeo Dynasty (918–1392), every year the 13th May on the Lunar calendar was called Juk-chui Day, or Juk-sul Day, which was a day for bamboo. All the villagers would gather t >> Read more
From as long ago as the Go-ryeo Dynasty (918–1392), every year the 13th May on the Lunar calendar was called Juk-chui Day, or Juk-sul Day, which was a day for bamboo.
All the villagers would gather together, and plant bamboo around the village or on the nearby hillsides. Once their work was done, they drank bamboo liquor, and played, which boosted community spirit.However, by the 1920s, such practices had ceased.
From 1999, smaller local events such as ‘Villagers Day’ and ‘Agriculture Day’ were combined and integrated together into one festival, held every May 3rd, where residents plant bamboo.This effort aims to bring people together, revive the meaning of the old Juk-chui day and bolster community spirit. Its theme is scholar spiritual culture. >> Less more
General Information

Period: May 1st (Fri.) – May 5th 2015 (5 days)

Venues: Juknokwon Bamboo Garden (Korean Traditional House Experience Center), Around Gwanbangjerim Forest

Slogan: Grenn Bamboo, Clear Spirit

Theme: Whisper by Bamboo Groove, Harmony with the World!

Organizers: Damyang County/Damyang Bamboo Festival Committee

Supporters: Ministry of Culture Sports and Tourism, South Jeolla Province, Korea Tourism Organization, local organizations.